The 2020 Seminar on Innovation in Chinese Language Education (SICLE) is an opportunity for stakeholders in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France to learn about developments and advances in the field. Educators, facilitators, and researchers alike are invited to participate in this event to gain access to knowledge in Chinese language education, while also sharing their own unique experiences and contribute to the community discussion.
The seminar opens with keynote speakers that are leaders in their field, and later sessions consist of PechaKucha presentations given by innovators in education. We seek to create an event that empowers educators by providing forward-thinking ideas and innovation-oriented discussion.
The 2020 Seminar on Innovation in Chinese Language Education is proudly hosted by the Confucius Institute Maastricht at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, with co-organizing assistance from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, the Province of Limburg, Municipality of Maastricht, and Municipality of Sittard-Geleen and PechaKucha.
The conference theme this year is based on innovation in theory and practice of Chinese international education. Since Chinese was first taught overseas in the 16th century, significant time and energy has been devoted to exploring which teaching methods and pedagogy are most effective in helping international students make progress in the Chinese language. SICLE recognizes this role and works to equip teachers with innovative skills to teach students about the culture and language of China.
Standard Chinese language instruction centers textbook-oriented lessons and vocabulary acquisition in a classroom setting. These are key components of learning any new language, but due to its expansive character system, variation in tones, and cultural component, teaching Chinese lends itself well to innovation.
In March 2020, Chinese language education encountered a major obstacle when the COVID-19 outbreak forced standard classroom instruction to adapt to an online format. Educators and administrators had to find solutions that satisfied governmental regulations while still fostering a productive educational environment for students. While this was not without its challenges, it encouraged rapid innovation in teaching methods to meet student and teacher needs. The shift to online education has highlighted the need for a collaborative ecosystem in Chinese learning.
Reflecting on this, SICLE has brought together experts from the field to create a discussion on how innovation can be implemented in Chinese language teaching and what the COVID-19 education shift has taught us about how students learn and how teachers teach. Presenters will cover pressing topics such as the three teachings of overseas Chinese education and how innovation looks in the classroom. Speakers also discuss implementation of the EU’s entrepeneurship competency framework in an educational setting. Ultimately, the conference will present the idea of an ecosystem for Chinese teaching that emphasizes collaboration between student and teacher, teacher and administrator.
In light of the developing COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Seminar on Innovation in Chinese International Education will take place in an online format on July 10th, 2020. The final program for the event can be found below. All times are listed in Amsterdam local time, GMT+1.
Dr. Yongyi Wu is a Professor at East China Normal University and a standing member of the World Chinese Language Teaching Association. He is one of the most influential scholars in the field of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Previously, he was the Dean of the Chinese Language School and the Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Linguistics at East China Normal University. He has contributed to the establishment of Chinese language majors at universities in countries such as Australia and France.
Topic: Innovative Teaching Methods
Dr. Tin C. Tsui is a Senior Lecturer in the Chinese Department at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD at the Department of Arts at KU Leuven. He taught Chinese at many secondary schools in the Netherlands from 2004 to 2010 and was the first Chinese teacher at a mainstream secondary school in the country. His textbook “Chinese? Easy to learn!” is the most commonly used Chinese textbook in Dutch secondary schools today.
Topic: Chinese learning materials
Ms. Xinxin Wang is the Director of the Confucius Institute Maastricht at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She graduated from the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University and is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Oriental Languages and Communication at Zuyd University. She is in charge of the Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship programs in language studies.
Topic: EU Entrepreneurship Framework in the Classroom